Helen Viola (Faul) Fadenrecht

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, June 29, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro, Kan. for Helen Viola (Faul) Fadenrecht, formerly of Munich, who went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the age of 96.

Posted 6/13/19

Helen was born on June 11, 1922, the seventh child of Charlie F. and Caroline (Seibel) Faul, on the farm in Sheridan County, 15 miles south of Harvey. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at Daily Vacation Bible School in 1936. At age 14, she was baptized in the Coal Mine Lake nearby and joined the Harvey Country Church. She loved being outside, spending more of her days helping with the farming, than inside, and she considered herself a “tomboy”.  She attended a one room country school 1 ½ miles south of the farm to which she walked. After finishing the 8th grade, she went to work outside of her home.  Her working career consisted of domestic labor for relatives, switchboard operator in Martin, ND and work at the Sweetheart Bakery in Minot. In 1942, she attended Bible Camp in Sawyer, ND, where she met Edwin J. Fadenrecht at the water pump.  They were united in marriage on October 1, 1944. They made their home in Henderson Township seven miles NE of Munich where they farmed together for 44 years, including operating a dairy business for the first 22 years.  During those years a daughter, Willa Jean, and a son, Kirby Rae were born to their union. She was a wonderful housewife, mother, gardener, farmer, seamstress, and, a great cook.  She loved flowers and grew lots of them.  She loved gardening and always had a large productive one.  She milked cows and helped run the mini-dairy. She and Edwin became heavily involved in the Rosehill Mennonite Brethren Church music ministry.  She loved children and taught the nursery-aged Sunday School for many years.  She also became very involved in many local community activities.  In 1983, she was named the Cavalier County Farm Woman of the Year.  This was a great honor for her.  The painting that she received as part of the award had a prominent place in her home for many years. In 1988, she and Edwin retired from farming and moved to Hillsboro, Kan.  There they babysat their grandchildren part-time.  They participated in the Hillsboro M.B. Church, and attended activities at Tabor College and in the local community. She participated in her Sunday School Class as treasurer, quilted every Tuesday with a church group, and folded church bulletins till age 92.  She loved attending the Learning in Retirement Program at Tabor College, making and frying vereneka for the yearly Mennonite Central Committee sale and the Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair.

Helen is survived by daughter Willa, (husband Ken Reddig), granddaughter Chantel Reddig and her children Alexandra and Cole Zwiep, grandson Lamont Reddig (wife Dori Hamm), and their children Karolina and Teo; son Kirby, (wife Donna Rhodes), granddaughter Risa (Fadenrecht) Bennett (husband Ryan Bennett), grandson Macy Fadenrecht (wife Kayla Baum) and their children Hudson and Haven Fadenrecht.  One brother LeRoy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Charlie F. and Caroline Faul; husband Edwin J. Fadenrecht, brothers: Artvin, Tony, Leander, Gideon, Robert, John, Bennie and Lawrence; sisters: Loretta, Linda, Hilda, Carolyn, JoAnn and Florence; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, several nephews and great nephews.